[12 Days of Anime] Day 12: The Way of the Househusband

This man is an inspiration

Shock! Disbelief! What is this? Marina is back for the 12 Days of Anime???

Yes–and what better place to start than with a trifle of a show that came in with all style and substance, the comedy short Netflix original The Way of the Househusband.

2021 has been a bit of a whirlwind, despite the ongoing pandemic and lack of travel. Somehow, we managed to sell our starter house and move into what will hopefully be our home for many years to come. I’ve never been more consumed with renovations, designing, and decorating both indoors and outdoors. I have become my parents, though hopefully in the best way possible (say no to excessive area rugs and traditional dining rooms!).

When I first noticed The Way of the Househusband, I admit to a bit of inner conflict–the idea sounded fantastic, but the format and art style put me off. I’ve consistently ignored shorts for some years now after a successive series of disappointments relegated to shorts status yet somehow still lacking any interesting content.

Then there’s the fact that this is yet another Netflix series, which means the time between the series being announced and it actually being available for legal viewing–a full season–risks seasonal viewers like myself completely forgetting about them in favor of the most current shows. This is where the shorter duration actually works in the anime’s favor; trying out a work from the previous season feels like less commitment.

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Simply put, The Way of the Househusband strikes the perfect balance of adult content and style. Tastu being a former yakuza serves both as comedic character flavor and a likening to viewers who feel at odds with their home obligations. I still see myself as a young nerd who’d rather order takeout and game all day and night, but find many of my hours occupied with meal preparation and cleaning house. If Tatsu can keep an impeccable household, why can’t I? If he can juggle his old social circles with his current ones while still supporting his hardworking wife, certainly I can do the same. You don’t have to sacrifice your sense of self to achieve your ideal future; it’s an ongoing transformation.

Side note: I even enjoy following their cat’s routines, which have their own purpose and importance.

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